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From The Athletic (apols of already posted)
at 19:10 10 Jun 2020

Re amendment proposals for yesterday’s vote...

‘The third came from League One’s upwardly-mobile but unavoidably mediocre Ipswich Town, who effectively wanted to open the play-offs to anyone keen to take part in them. This was the suggestion described by one EFL club boss as “insane”.’

And then when that was rejected we seemingly voted to end the season rather than play on. Presumably as we knew we had no chance of making the playoffs in reality and were just trying to muscle our way in

Embarrassing

EDIT: seemingly it was Portsmouth rather than us that changed their vote so the last paragraph is inaccurate. LOL at the quote though
[Post edited 10 Jun 21:24]
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Interesting article on The Athletic
at 09:40 9 Apr 2020

Re the state of Premier League clubs finances and dangers posed by the COVID-19 crisis. Most of it unsurprising - clubs running at large economic losses and heavily reliant on TV income hence necessity of finishing the season etc

However one point that really stood out was that of all clubs that have filed their accounts for last season (all other than Palace and Newcastle), the three promoted sides had by far the highest wage vs turnover ratio at 195% (Sheffield United), 175% (Villa) and 161% (Norwich) respectively. Granted these will have been inflated by promotion bonuses but it really illustrates the ridiculous levels of spending needed to get out of the Championship

For all Evans faults it’s not hard to see why we couldn’t compete (although clearly the extent of the decline is unacceptable)
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TWTD WWYD - Nursery Edition
at 01:15 22 Mar 2020

My 2 years olds nursery have confirmed they are closing for all but the children of key workers from this week, in line with government advice. As neither me nor my partner come under the key worker definition, he’ll need to stay home (quite rightly)

Our nursery however have written to us confirming that as they will still be opening and needing to fund running costs, they will need to charge full fees for the duration that the advice is in place. As he goes 2 days a week at a cost of £60+ per day, fees total c£500-600 a month

I am sympathetic as the partial closure is enforced and clearly they have a business to run, however at the same time am loathe to pay a substantial sum of money for a service that won’t be received. I think if it was 1 month I’d be quite happy to suck it up however all signs seem to point to this being 3 months minimum and potentially quite a bit longer

Am I being unfair if I refuse to pay? Me and my partner are both quite fortunate in that we can work from home and currently look to be unaffected work wise (both our employers have been supportive and adopted a ‘do what you can’ approach to him being at home whilst working however there is a chance things could change down the line if this is ongoing for some time. I’m also of a mindset that it would be prudent to be putting away some funds over the next few months in case something changes down the line and obviously that money will go a long way towards that

I guess I have 3 options as I see it:
- suck it up and pay, on the basis that we can afford it, it isn’t really the nursery’s fault and he’ll be able to go back at some point to an environment he enjoys and is developing well in

- refuse to pay, on the basis we’re not getting the service paid for. This will risk his place when they re-open (nursery is very popular so I assume we’ll have to find somewhere else)

- make some sort of counter offer (eg. pay half to maintain his place) on the basis we can’t justify the full cost and need to be prudent. This is quite tempting as it is presumably better for them to receive that than £0, and I don’t believe paying the full fees to be right as they must be saving on costs not having everyone in. They may also be entitled to government support under the new measures

Views? Interested to hear if anyone else is in a similar boat - not really sure what the norm is here so difficult to know if they’re taking the p*ss or not!
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Our last 8 games...
at 06:55 4 Mar 2020

...have yielded as many points as the first 8 games of last season did. In the Championship, managed by Paul Hurst

Yikes
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The first half
at 22:02 3 Mar 2020

Worst 45 minutes I’ve ever seen from an ITFC team at Portman Road

Change my mind
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C*ck. Sh*t. Balls. Etc etc
at 08:59 13 Dec 2019

Amazing that so many people buried their head in the sand for so long, and now we’re stuck with another 5 years of Tory government. Only silver lining that at least this should be the end of this disastrous Labour experiment, and the hope that the size of the majority actually moderates the government somewhat. Sadly I am far more hopeful on one than the other
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Weird leaflet received from Brexit Party
at 09:59 11 Dec 2019

Stating that there are 60+ seats that the Tories haven’t won in 50+ years, so I should vote Brexit Party in Ipswich as the only way to stop a remain party getting in. This despite Ipswich being a Conservative seat prior to Sandy Martin ousting Gummer in 2017, by a margin of under 1,000 votes

Will be interesting to see how it pans out, as it’s quite feasible that votes for the Brexit Party could be the difference between a Tory and Labour win here
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This really is going to be the worst election in memory isn’t it?
at 13:48 12 Nov 2019

The Tories campaign basically amounts to being ‘Not Corbyn’, getting Brexit done plus lots of promises which almost certainly haven’t been costed and won’t be delivered

The Labour campaign amounts to being ‘Not the Tories’, maybe getting Brexit done plus lots of promises which almost certainly haven’t been costed and won’t be delivered

The Lib Dem’s campaign amounts to being ‘Not the Tories or Labour’, abandoning Brexit...and that’s about it?

Then all the small parties (plus SNP but no one other than Darth cares about Scotland)

I know it’s early days yet but that’s pretty much it isn’t it?
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Loanees - hands up
at 11:58 3 Sep 2019

Earlier in the Summer I was critical when we brought in Garbutt, followed by Norris and Georgiou. Criticism wasn’t aimed at the loanees themselves but the fact Lambert had made a big deal of not relying on loans and promoting the youth when he first joined, only to bring in several in January followed by these arrivals. At the time I believed further loans would be arriving before the window shut

Happy to hold my hands up that I was wrong. Circumstance may have played a part - seems likely that Elliott would have been added to that list had it not been for his injury, and it’s quite possible January will see further arrivals. However as it stands the balance in the squad looks very promising indeed. Well done Lambert
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Poor, disjointed, unwhelming, not good enough...
at 15:13 21 Aug 2019

...and yet a win is a win, and that’s all that matters really. Somehow we’re fifth in the table just 2 points off top having been nowhere near convincing so far

Bolton at the weekend (assuming it goes ahead) represents a really good chance to build some momentum and confidence. If the opportunity arises I hope we’re properly ruthless and go for the jugular - as I really think a big win could act as a springboard for the season. Here’s hoping 🙏🏻
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Reality check on Saturday...
at 09:36 19 Aug 2019

...in both directions

Biggest concern for me is that it didn’t seem so much an off day for Town as Peterborough just looking a better side than us. That we came away with a point for me owed more to them making the mistake of trying to sit back on their lead late on rather than anything that we did to change the game

And yet despite that we’ve come away with what is probably quite a useful point, and a winnable run of games ahead which should see us firmly in the mix

I think for those that we’re thinking we were going to cruise to promotion this was a wake up call - we’re going to have to improve hugely for that to be the case. However by the same token those suggesting mid table look way wide of the mark, given that even when not looking particularly great we can pick up points

I still expect us to finish somewhere in the playoffs, and ultimately not go up
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Hit home how far we’ve fallen last night
at 09:54 14 Aug 2019

Not the result or team selection - that sort of thing has been par for the course for sometime now and tbh I don’t really have a problem with the league being the focus

However, what did hit home was the fact Luton also made 11 changes and the general view being that we couldn’t really have expected to do any better based on the respective teams and current standing in the league, and then realising that is 100% accurate

Luton FFS, sad times indeed
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GTFI
at 17:26 3 Aug 2019

Far from convincing but a wins a win, follow up next week and confidence should well and truly start flowing. Great stuff
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So how many...
at 06:46 24 Jul 2019

...last minute panic loans are we expecting to arrive then once Judge has gone and the window is closing?

I’ll go for 3 - bringing us to 4 total along with Garbutt
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‘No more loanees, we’re going to focus on the youths...’ (n/t)
at 19:08 11 Jul 2019

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Good to see the age-old TWTD tradition...
at 06:04 29 May 2019

...of s Phil abuse thread being immediately followed by a multi-page thread with various posters bickering and accusing each other of being the reason for it, is still alive and well 🙂
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Explains a lot...
at 14:50 2 May 2019

(Name in the picture caption at the top for anyone confused...)

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/rogue-trader-jailed-nine-months-ipswich-suffolk-1-57
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I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say...
at 18:07 19 Apr 2019

...that I hope no one from the Scottish FA was there running the rule over Lambert today
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What a sad day
at 20:12 13 Apr 2019

Here’s hoping we bounce back, because we f*cking need to
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2 horses dead at Aintree already
at 20:19 5 Apr 2019

What a lovely ‘sport’
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